What can a bagpipe, a fiddle or a harpsichord tell us about national culture and identity? Each country has a different story to tell, and Scotland's story has not yet been told. This book traces the cultural and social history of musical instruments in Scotland. Each chapter focuses on a different instrument, discussing its appearance in literature and art, its presence or rendition in music, and its organological development. There are clear links with the historical, socio-cultural, political, even religious milieux of the nation, as the book addresses such questions as `Why was bagpipe music considered anti-Christian?' `Why were genteel ladies for centuries not depicted playing the flute?' and `What is the BBC's role in promoting Scottish fiddle music?'
This book is the first authoritative source to provide a deep understanding of the cultural history of instruments which have had, and often still have, great societal impact in Scotland. It will interest a wide readership - from enthusiasts of Scottish music to cultural historians, from art specialists to music collectors, from curators to university lecturers.
Publisher: John Donald Publishers Ltd
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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